{Sharing my weekend with Karen over at Pumpkin Sunrise, always such a delightful place to visit}

This weekend was much needed and with an extra day {today} tagged on, too! That extra day makes all the difference, every weekend should have one.

We haven’t really done a great deal, staying around the house mostly and walking locally with Trevor. We do live close to a stunning park {I am pretty sure I have mentioned that before} for which I am so grateful. It’s a real dog walkers park and we meet all kinds of lovely creatures {and their people}. I particularly love the park in autumn, I cannot wait for all the trees to turn from green to shades of orange and brown, what a delight it is!


My son got his exams results last Thursday and he has done really well, I am so proud I could burst. He is really happy and excited about starting college next month. How wonderful it is to be 16, all your life ahead of you and a million new experiences to discover…


I hope your weekend has been a good one and I wish you a very lovely week.

Until next time…




weekends 17 April 2016

{Sharing my weekend with Karen at Pumpkin Sunrise, always a warm and lovely place to visit}

This weekend {as planned/hoped} has been a quiet one. Sometimes, with the busyness of life, you just need to sit back and recharge your batteries a little.

While shopping yesterday, I decided to purchase a Bee House {all creepy crawlies welcome too!}. I have been thinking of buying one for a while and am very excited to see who {what} decides to take up residence. 

Today, I have thoroughly enjoyed the bright blue skies and sun {despite there still being a chill in the air}. Just watching Trevor laying there says it all, live in the moment…enjoy the warm spots while they last.

This weekend I can really feel the hope that spring brings. Do you feel it too?

Wishing you a lovely week ahead xx

this week {words & pictures}

this week - friday 15 april 2016

Happy Friday folks and how has your week been?

Mine has been good, work was busy, which I like, we have some great events planned, one of my favourites being the Vintage Hop in June. I feel lucky to work in a job that is varied and interesting. That said, I am always happy when Friday rolls around!

Trevor has learnt a few new tricks this week, he will sit and go down on the ground on command. He has also learnt not to get on the sofa without first being invited {although he does sneak on sometimes…work in progress}. We will be attending his second training class tomorrow morning and I look forward to more good advise.

My dad got back from Portugal yesterday and he has had a brilliant time, I think it has done him good. He has enjoyed some great food, wine, sunshine and lots of lovely walks.

It’s the second week of Love Notes from Jennifer Belthoff, a really beautiful project for anyone who likes receiving snail mail {who doesn’t!}, so if you haven’t already joined up for one of the rounds, I would totally recommend you do.

Not much planned for the weekend here, I hope to read a little, maybe go in the garden, weather permitting. Do you have any plans.

Well, whatever you are up to, have a wonderful weekend!


weekends 10 April 2016

{Sharing my weekend with Karen at Pumpkin Sunrise, always a warm and lovely place to visit}

Some weekends are slow to unfold with hours idly going by at their own pace and some seem to be over before you know it. Mine has been the latter, but no matter it has been enjoyable all the same. How was {is} yours?

Yesterday my husband and I took Trevor to doggy training classes and it was, well, interesting. Initially he wanted to pick a fight with every dog in the place, including the trainers beautiful Border Collie {luckily she was very laid back about it}. Overall though I think this is going to be a good thing for Trevor, he is a terrier and they do have a tendency to think they are ‘it’ with other dogs, so hopefully we will be able to educate him otherwise. Watch this space.

Today, as promised, has been beautifully bright, so some garden tidying has been done, ironing, dog walking and pottering around the house. Truth be known I had plans to get loads more done, but it doesn’t seem to have worked out that way.

Anyway, time to dry my hair and get ready for the second part of a new series called ‘The Durrells’, last week’s was excellent, so I cannot wait!

Wishing you a great week ahead, whatever it holds, Jane x


this week {words & pictures}

this week - friday 29 january 2016

Hello from a cold Saturday afternoon and how are you? A little late with this week’s ‘this week’, time just ran away with me yesterday…as it does sometimes, right? In fact, the whole week has gone fast, I guess with work, family life and caring for my friend’s cat, it has been pretty busy.

I always seem to feel a little lost in January and February, whether it is lack of light, lack of focus or just simply lack of energy {or all three!} I am usually a happier bunny by the time March rolls around. Not that I am wishing away my life here, Spring just gives hope and renewal and longer days…oh yes LONGER DAYS.

I am trying to drink a little less coffee/tea these days, in a bid to feel a little healthier, substituting them with green teas or peppermint tea, which thankfully I do enjoy. However, I do still have to have a caffeine hit in the morning, but during the day I am doing my best to abstain…it is a work in progress.

The weekend is going to involve recharging my batteries, getting as much fresh air as the weather allows and a meal out this evening with friends. How about yours?

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend x







this week {words & pictures}

this week - friday 15 january 2016

Good evening, how are you and how has was your week?

It’s been a cold, but thankfully drier week here, proper Winter weather; the kind that reminds me that I actually quite like it. Clear blue skies and Jack Frost nipping…just how it should be in January. The sun was so welcome too…a good fix of vitamin D!

I can’t ignore the fact that one of my {and zillions of other people’s} musical hero died this week…Mr. David Bowie. What an innovator, inspiration and genius he was. Hunky Dory has to be one of the best albums ever!

A certain young man had his 16th Birthday this week…WHERE DID TIME GO {SERIOUSLY!} He truly is a great kid, he makes me laugh, enormously proud and over the past 16 years has brought untold joy…all for which I am BEYOND grateful.

Daffodils were purchased this week too, a gentle and slightly premature nod towards Spring and there has been a gentle light, such a relief from the endless grey.

Plans for the weekend are to spend as much time outdoors as possible, a meal out on Saturday and lots of relaxation.

Have a good weekend lovely people, Jane xx








048This weekend, Winter arrived and planted itself firmly in the middle of Autumn. With temps at zero and a biting wind, thick coats have been worn, scarves and gloves too and the cold brought a whole new meaning to the words ‘cosy’ and ‘home’.

It is this time of year when I feel most grateful for a roof over our heads, warmth, food in our bellies and when I simply cannot begin to imagine how life is without these basic things.

I feel grateful this weekend too, for our good old NHS, without which, my dad would not be recovering well in hospital from knee replacement surgery. He is so resilient, looks really well and has made friends with everyone on the ward!

I also appear to have been infected with Christmas spirit this weekend and I am very much looking forward to time off with my family and a few nights out with friends over the coming weeks. Gifts {not all} have been purchased and I cannot wait to get the decorations out from the loft. Are you looking forward to the festive season? What is your favourite part?

My favourite things are twinkle lights, looking at all the decorations we have bought over the years {and the memories they hold} and of course time with loved ones.

I hope you have had a lovely weekend and wish you a great week ahead!

Sharing my weekend with Karen at Pumpkin Sunrise, such a warm and lovely place to visit.


Friday {Gratitude Week 2015}


Today I am grateful for…

…being at home {I don’t work Fridays and I love it}.

…rainbows {they never cease to fascinate me}.

…new opportunities that present themselves unexpectedly.

…weekends and the chance to relax.

…the healing power of time and the ability eventually to talk about a loved one lost and not feel like crying.

Sharing gratitude for seven days as part of Gratitude Week 2015 with Michelle. Can it really be Friday, only two more days? I will miss this, but intend to carry on privately as it has done me so much good to check in with myself everyday and really look at what I have and be thankful.

Wishing you a beautiful weekend x

Autumn days


Days that bring late-comer blue skies, born out of steel grey mornings and cold winds.

Winds that rise and fall; whipping hair onto pink cheeks and tugging leaves from trees.

Trees soon to be bare as Winter threads its way into the landscape and whispers through open windows.

Windows glowing gold from lamps flicked on as light fades into inky blue and night creeps in just after five.

Monday already? I hope you had a great weekend, whatever you were up to? Mine was oh so quiet and spent mostly at home {which I don’t mind in the slightest}. ‘This week’ will return next Friday, time slipped away last week, so I didn’t get to post.

Wishing you beautiful days ahead xx


Weekends 17 18 October 2015

Sharing my weekend with Karen at Pumpkin Sunrise, such a warm and lovely place to visit.

The weekend started with such a wonderful surprise, I wasn’t expecting it to arrive so soon, but Saturday morning brought a parcel {delivered by the most cheerful postman I have ever met!} from my friend, Marija. She had a competition over on her blog a few weeks ago and I only went and won! I was so excited, I don’t win many things {cue violin) and it really put such a huge smile on my face and I tell you the smile got even bigger when I opened my parcel, what an absolutely wonderful and generous prize. I cannot thank you enough Marija!

How beautiful a day can be when kindness touches it. ~ George Elliston

The rest of the weekend has been spent mostly at home with dog walks and stuff done around the house. My husband and I went out for a meal and few drinks on Saturday, which was lovely as we haven’t done it for a while. My dad, son and Trevor spent the evening together watching Hancock, which they very much enjoyed.

Today was quiet, just what was needed after a funny old week. The skies were grey most of the day, making being at home that little bit more cosy.

I hope you have had a good weekend, whatever you have been up to?

Thank you {always} for all your kind comments, you people are so wonderful xx


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